March 5th, 2009
02:14 PM ET
14 years ago

RNC member asks Steele to resign as chairman

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Steele is taking heat from members of his own committee."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A member of the Republican National Committee is asking chairman Michael Steele to resign his post, saying that she has "never seen such ineptness in our GOP leadership."

North Carolina committeewoman Ada Fisher, one of three African-Americans on the 168-member committee, e-mailed members of Steele's transition team on Wednesday asking them to encourage the chairman "to step aside in the best interest of the party and let us elect another chairman." Steele himself was copied on the e-mail.

"From where I sit and from what I am seeing, Mr. Steele is further eroding confidence in the Republican Party," she wrote.

Fisher is an outspoken member of the committee who has never been a fan of Steele. She backed South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson for the committee chairmanship in January.

In the e-mail, first reported by The Hill newspaper and provided to CNN by a GOP source, Fisher wrote that "the fiasco with Rush Limbaugh is a Republican Horror Show."

"Limbaugh has already promised that 'His Conservatives' won't be giving to the RNC," she wrote. "I would suggest to you that that is a real bet. If we can't raise money and continue to allow the alienation of the few verifiable red states remaining, we are foolish."

Fisher argued that Steele's attempts to reach out to African-Americans are embarrassing.

"I don't want to hear anymore language trying to be cool about the bling in the stimulus package or appealing to D.L. Hughley and blacks in a way that isn't going to win us any votes and makes us frankly appear to many blacks as quite foolish," she wrote.

UPDATE: Reince Priebus, the Wisconsin GOP chairman who is heading up Steele’s transition team, dismissed Fisher’s criticisms.

“She has been spewing poisonous e-mails about Michael Steele from the day Michael Steele decided to run for chairman, on a weekly basis,” he told CNN.

Priebus said that Steele is halfway through a 60-day transition that includes a series of department reviews which will be followed by “implementation and hiring.”

“Key hires will be happening very soon,” he said.

Steele will also hold a series of “regional roundtables” beginning on April 2 in five different cities, meetings that will involve feedback and questions from state party chairman and executive directors.

Priebus said Steele is following through on his promise for “wholesale change at the RNC.”

“Doing the same old thing that we’ve always done after being clobbered in the last two elections would be absolute malpractice,” he said.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. chuck

    I said it earlier that it was just a matter of time before Michael Steele hands in his resignation. Let me give you some straight talk. Rush limbaugh is having a difficult time accepting the fact that he's being ruled by a black man and that's the primary reason for his acid reactions to Michael Steele. Rush Limbaugh is a racial man and I think all of America knows this by now. it will be impossible for Michael Steele to continue in the capacity of chairman because of the opposition that Rush Limbaugh will put forth. The RNC remains the Racial National Congress.

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Deb

    Wow what a dysfunctional party. Here is a suggestion...Michelle Bachman should head the RNC. (Ha, Ha)

    March 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. dennisk

    "Limbaugh has already promised that 'His Conservatives' won't be giving to the RNC..."
    Further proof that the Rushpublicans are falling all over themselves to bow before their bloated Buddha!

    March 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. JPC

    Totally agree with her on the language trying to be cool! Michele Bachmann's comment recently..... "Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man" was absolutely foolish! Why would he even want people to speak of him that way!

    March 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. What a joke...Repubs can't lead

    OMG...I am still cracking up. The repubs are going down, down, down. Come on board and join the liberals, the smarter and wiser choice from what I see so far....

    March 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. What a joke...Repubs can't lead

    OMG...I am still cracking up. The repubs are going down, down, down. Come on board and join the liberals, the smarter and wiser choice from what I see so far....

    March 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US

    That's right! Let him go and HIRE RUSH LIMBAUGH!!!

    WE DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. hmmm

    Finally, someone speaks the truth

    March 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Casy

    I have to agree!

    March 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. LIP

    More cannon fodder for the liberal media.
    Will it ever stop? If the Republicans don't provide it, the media will make it up as they go.

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Simpliticus

    Needlesstosay, a black Republican had to dis on Mr. Steele so as to soften the possible rebuke by Republicans in general of racism! Limbaugh should have never gotten into the problem with Mr. Steele in the King-of-the-Hill battle because Mr. Steele looks so vanquished! So his desired resignation signals the possible replacement possibilities, and the attempt to make Republicans look Obama-esque is over. What an utter failure! Any replacement of Steele will appear weak due to Limbaugh's onslaught so the Republican Party appears to be permanently weakened as a result! And now the call comes forth that Limbaugh is doing this to his party for selfish monetary reasons, further inciting condemnation from republicans in general. Isn't it all about money, anyway?

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Drat!

    Oh no! Someone from the RNC recognizes how ridiculous Steele is making them look. I hope he puts up a fuss or it will be like my favorite TV show being canceled.

    March 5, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Jackie

    he's such a scapegoat!

    March 5, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. MW in CA

    WE DOUBLE DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA. The human Hindenburg stearing the GOP Titanic. We need the comedy relief during the next election round. Dems Rule Repugs Drule!

    March 5, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |

    LOL He was just the fill in-sucker anyways. LOL. Abuse and Use should be the theme of the RNC party.

    March 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Chris

    LOL....somebody final calling the RNC out for the idiots and fakes they are for even electing him. I'm so sick of the GOP and RNC doing this tit for tat crap!!!
    They elected Steele because the Democrats have Obama!!!
    When Obama gave his speech to Congress who did they get to give the rebuttle? Another minority!!! FAKES!!!! They are all for SHOW!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. JSU-TIGER99

    Well I BE GOT DARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some one is speaking up about thier party and letting people know that it is a "fiasco with Rush Limbaugh is a Republican Horror Show." Well I guess now they will stop listen to him and poor old STEELE he was just another token for them and he did not see it poor baby.

    March 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    this picture alone makes Steele look like an imbecile. At last somebody from the GOP that speaks the truth. Maybe Ms. Fisher should head the RNC.

    March 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. get real dude

    What a circus...full of clowns and all we need is some cotton candy!!! lol

    March 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Floyd

    You know from reading the story and watching it unfold on the tv and internet, I can say that I am not a right winger or a left winger. Steele came in at a time when both parties had did nothing to earn the respect of the people. If Fisher doesn't like what Steele is doing to reach out to the african american people then sit back and shut up. It isn't just about votes. I am not going to just vote republican because you want me to. Give me a reason to vote red next time. Steele is trying to not only win the support of blacks, but win the votes of our future young african americans. If it means using the language and the slang, then go for it. I saw the same thing happen this past election when the democratic party almost fell apart with all the inner party fighting. And these are the examples that we have to follow that both parties are giving. I say if we cant agree on anything lets come together and disagree on everything.

    March 5, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Lauren

    FINALLY !!!!!! someone who has the guts to be honest and tell it like it is. When Steele cow-towed and bowed to rush limbaugh he set black people back 100 years. I don't know of any black people who are willing to support him, in his subservient ways, and vote republican. He is a spineless, jellyfish who is not a leader but a follower.

    March 5, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Lauren

    Maybe the real leader, rush limbaugh, will replace him. LOL

    March 5, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. TN

    Since Rush knows what's best for Republicans, Steele should step down and let Rush become the Chairman of the Republican Pary. In 2012 Rush should run for President since he loves America so much and knows what's best for us.


    March 5, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Pa Santigie

    Please leave the man alone. He is has made no fatal mistakes. She needs to tell Rosh to go away, because the GOP should be concerned with rebuilding their support amongst moderates in the GOP and the those independents that use to be called Reagan Democrats. Back off

    March 5, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Tim

    Hey, where is Michael Steele, Rush needs another butt kissing session!!!! Michael Steele, I had high hopes for you till you took one in the shorts from old crazy Rush Limpbo!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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